Houston Texans rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney has shown a ridiculous amount of potential so far in the preseason and in training camp, as he’s looked as explosive as he did at South Carolina. While Clowney needs to work on the finer points of the game like consistent tackling, tracking back RBs in coverage, and pass-rushing moves, he’s already so good that his talent will carry him early on as he refines his technique. Clowney gets into the backfield as quickly as any player in this league, and we all remember his scintillating 40 time at the Combine.
Clowney is currently nursing an injury that he suffered last week in joint practices with the Denver Broncos, but this injury isn’t an issue at all. The Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith reports that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien stated that Clowney and star cornerback Johnathan Joseph are both day-to-day with injuries but are expected to play in the Week 1 opener against the Washington Redskins.
Anyone who doesn’t pencil in Clowney and Joseph for the Redskins game is kidding themselves, because it’s very unlikely for either of them to miss that contest at this point. It’s still important to keep an eye out, though, because these two players are vital to the Texans success. Clowney is the edge rushing presence the Texans desperately need, while Joseph holds a huge amount of value as the team’s top corner.